Limiting the mental clutter of Facebook and Twitter

Tuesday’s Workout (CAP)
5 rounds, 4 minutes each:
2 Hang Squat Cleans every minute on the minute
1 minute break between rounds for weight changes

– Goal is the heaviest weight at which all 8 reps in 4 minutes can be completed without missing

…and coming Wednesday (CAP)
Turkish Get Ups – 3-3-3
Deadlift – 3-3-3
Sit Ups
Arch Rocks
– no rep scheme, every rep countsClutter… it’s literally everywhere… at home, in the office, at the gym, in storage, in bookcases, in the garage. Life sometimes seems like an endless clean-up job. But did you ever stop to think about the effect of modern day mental clutter – Facebook, Twitter and all social media? I hadn’t even really noticed until about two weeks ago when I committed to my coach to be off of all social media except for a) interactions that were business related, or b) times when I couldn’t be doing anything else. This seemingly easy task proved very difficult.

The first thing that happened was the feeling that “I can’t do this”… I can’t keep myself off of Facebook. I want to share things, comment on others shares and interact with my friends… how would I be able to do this without being on social media? Without an answer, I just lived with the discomfort, posting and commenting when I was at events or in places where I couldn’t be doing anything else. I also moved the Facebook and Twitter icons off my home page on my iPhone – since these are the things I think about and click on first when I pull it out.

It took me about 3 days, but I finally got the hang of it. And wow… what a break through. Looking back now, I see how I had been living in one giant distraction. Had you tried to tell me this, I would have insisted you were wrong and crazy. I wasn’t able to be present without thinking about Facebook, posting a photo, re-tweeting a link to an article, or thinking about what was going on in my news feed. I would pull my iPhone out and click on Facebook in some sort of zombie-like trance… scrolling through my feed as if that were the most important thing happening in my life at that moment (instead of what was actually happening right in front of me, live and in person).

And what am I missing as a result? Absolutely nothing (well, not that I know of anyway). I’m more present with those around me, I’m not neurotically and constantly thinking about checking Facebook for what my “friends” are doing. I’m actually living my life in the present, and am present, not distracted.

I will continue to keep boundaries and limits set on myself for Facebook, Twitter and all social media. I’ve got plenty to do in my life without needing to keep up with everyone else. If I don’t get back to you immediately about something you posted in my wall, I’m sorry… I’m actually out living my life, not posting about it.


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